+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,083
    Thanks
    200
    Thanked
    425
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Aged care working

    My God. Never in my life did I imagine this is what aged care would be like.
    I'm in my 2nd of 4 weeks work experience at a residential facility and I'm appalled at the standard of care that is given to these people.
    -Abuse of residents...kicking, restraining, forceful when showering
    -boardom of residents...they literally sit around and only move (or get moved) for meals
    -lack or respect and dignity...being told they smell when they have been incontinent in front of the whole room, left in soiled clothes and faces not wiped after meals, woken up by barging in without knocking and the lights turn on and pulled out of bed
    -lack of empowerment and independence-not being asked what they what to eat/wear/even sit and just being served food and being force fed
    -dirty and unsanitary conditions-floors with faeces on it behind beds, stains on carpet, ripped sheets/towels/pillows
    -residents not having teeth/denture cleaned or being prompted to clean teeth

    I'm shocked. I cannot believe people are living like this. Staff don't care, they don't engage residents or even greet them at all sometimes. The stand around talking to each other (socially) rather than talking to residents.

    It makes me so sad and angry then sad all over again. I honestly don't know how I'm going to survive the next 2 weeks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    2,040
    Thanks
    2,294
    Thanked
    1,387
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    That makes me want to cry 😢

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to babyno1onboard For This Useful Post:

    KitiK  (05-06-2016)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    4,589
    Thanks
    1,302
    Thanked
    2,569
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    That's horrible.
    Can you report the facility?

  5. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Lincolns mummy For This Useful Post:

    binnielici  (03-06-2016),KitiK  (05-06-2016),Little Miss Sunshine  (03-06-2016),Tiny Dancer  (03-06-2016),TreeGirl  (03-06-2016)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    582
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked
    335
    Reviews
    7
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    This sounds appalling. There is little excuse for what you describe, but we should acknowledge that aged care workers get paid an absolute pittance, and are required to do very little training. The sector has an enormous turnover rate, leading to a lack of long term , committed staff. When we start to pay wages that recognise the quality of employee and of training that is *actually* required to do this kind of job, we will go some way to getting the type of skilled, empathic and professional aged care workforce that our aged friends and family members need. That WE may well need in the future.
    Pay better, get better.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to TreeGirl For This Useful Post:

    Albert01  (05-06-2016),BettyW  (03-06-2016)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,083
    Thanks
    200
    Thanked
    425
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by TreeGirl View Post
    This sounds appalling. There is little excuse for what you describe, but we should acknowledge that aged care workers get paid an absolute pittance, and are required to do very little training. The sector has an enormous turnover rate, leading to a lack of long term , committed staff. When we start to pay wages that recognise the quality of employee and of training that is *actually* required to do this kind of job, we will go some way to getting the type of skilled, empathic and professional aged care workforce that our aged friends and family members need. That WE may well need in the future.
    Pay better, get better.
    I agree but many of the staff there have been there for 4/5/10 years only a few ive spoken to have been there less than a year

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    on a sandy beach!
    Posts
    6,322
    Thanks
    336
    Thanked
    2,195
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I had to leave my job. It didn't matter where I worked. Now I'm wanting to work in management instead. The system is ****ed. I visit my grandma daily.

    Someone told my grandma she couldn't have the paper delivered um ***** please yes she can! I'm the cow that comes in and is your worse night mare 😁

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to monnie24 For This Useful Post:

    KitiK  (05-06-2016),VicPark  (05-06-2016)

  11. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    9,868
    Thanks
    3,034
    Thanked
    5,843
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    I believe unfortunately this is all too common in some of these facilities.

    My bestie used to work in aged care until she finally had to leave due to a work related back injury. She was one of the good ones who truly cared for the residents, but many of her colleagues were cold and jaded.

    I was invited to visit her at work one day (she worked in the dementia ward) and when she started her shift an elderly man had been severely sunburned as he'd had a fall outside and was laying on the ground unattended for a couple of hours on a hot summer day My heart broke for this poor old vulnerable gent. It wasn't as if he wandered off somewhere out of sight - he was out in a courtyard close to the building.

    I can't imagine having to work somewhere that had such little regard for other humans. It must be really tough to see

  12. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    803
    Thanks
    76
    Thanked
    719
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Don't give up on the industry. It needs people like you! When you have finished your study work for an agency for a while and then you will get to see lots of facilities and find one with a good standard and philosophy of care. I worked at a great place for a few years. The building looked old and cr@ppy but it ended up being wonderful to the residents. (Tbh I did find some of the staff difficult to get along with but I managed). Good luck. X

  13. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to RedCreamingSoda For This Useful Post:

    KitiK  (05-06-2016),Little Miss Sunshine  (03-06-2016),VicPark  (05-06-2016)

  14. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanks
    8,171
    Thanked
    3,910
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Aged care working

    What you described is not the norm and completely wrong.
    Restraints are illegal.
    Dirty facilities are not acceptable.
    Please report the facility - you can do so through the aged care complaints commission and they will do an unannounced visit to the facility.

    Complete your work experience there and get a job somewhere else.

  15. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Little Miss Sunshine For This Useful Post:

    binnielici  (03-06-2016),KitiK  (05-06-2016),Tiny Dancer  (03-06-2016),VicPark  (05-06-2016)

  16. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,364
    Thanks
    529
    Thanked
    356
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by TreeGirl View Post
    This sounds appalling. There is little excuse for what you describe, but we should acknowledge that aged care workers get paid an absolute pittance, and are required to do very little training. The sector has an enormous turnover rate, leading to a lack of long term , committed staff. When we start to pay wages that recognise the quality of employee and of training that is *actually* required to do this kind of job, we will go some way to getting the type of skilled, empathic and professional aged care workforce that our aged friends and family members need. That WE may well need in the future.
    Pay better, get better.
    Yes but just because the dont get paid a high rate doesnt give them the ok to do a sh1t job.

  17. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Tinkers For This Useful Post:

    Chippa  (06-06-2016),GrabbyCrabby  (06-06-2016),KitiK  (05-06-2016),PipersMummy  (05-06-2016),VicPark  (05-06-2016)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Anyone work in Aged care?
    By loislane2010 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 25-05-2016, 19:43
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 23-04-2016, 14:37
  3. Working in age care, hours cut dramatically.
    By wantingtostart in forum Working Hubbers - Employed
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 23-12-2015, 12:10

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Babybee Prams
Save $50 in our pre-Christmas sale! All Comet's now only $500. Our bassinet & stroller set includes free shipping AUS wide, $75 free accessories, 18-months warranty & a 9 month free return policy. Check out our new designer range today!
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
Sarah Tooke Childbirth & Parenting Education
Providing private, personalised antenatal childbirth & parenting education to expectant parents in the comfort of their own home. Sessions are flexible, including everything that hospital based programs cover. Click to find out more!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!